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Crowdfunded Open-Source Vibrating Dildo Seems Like Ambitious Project

And not just for the user. *rimshot*

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How does one crowd-source a dildo? I wondered, until I realized that the makers of The Mod are actually crowdfunding their toy, and open-sourcing the design. And the design is pretty fancy.

See, it’s not just a dildo, it’s a variably programmable vibrating toy designed to be as customizable — really, as hackable — as possible. It’s also designed to have as many input modes as they can apparently sketch out on a whiteboard:

Nunchuck – A standard, simple, and powerful control for the toy. The joystick can manipulate power and pulsing patterns. Shaking the nunchuck’s accelerometer can modulate the frequency of the vibrations. To fulfill one major request from Beta testers, we also programmed the “C” button as an easy “kill switch” to shut the toy off right when you come!

Video chat – We process the image coming from a webcam. The more movement in the image, the more intense the Mod’s response.

Capacitive Touch Sensing – Quickly and easily turn most objects in the world into touch-sensitive interfaces for pleasure (ever heard of a Makey-Makey? It’s like that!). Trigger your partner’s toy by sucking on a banana, or spanking them with a spatula. Connect to a body piercing and turn your partner’s whole body into a touchable dildo controller. Many objects can even by used like a Theremin, responding to proximity as well as touch.

Biometrics – A heartbeat sensor lets you feel your partner’s arousal in the throbbing toy. This one is a real favorite — it’s super cool to feel the rhythm increase with your partner’s excitement.

Web – Make interfaces directly within a web browser. Great for cyber sex, or giving web-geeks a quick way to control their toys!

Soft circuits – A soft stroke sensor that triggers vibrations based on touch. Could be really cool embedded in the tail of a fur suit!

Also it’s got just like a regular button, for, you know, the vanilla among its audience.

Of course, with the perils of crowd funding come the perils of maybe not getting the project ever. But some of the Mod’s IndieGogo perks are pretty interesting in their own right—like a Dilduino board, a specially designed Arduino derived microcontroller with features designed for maker projects with needs similar to The Mod (like a battery that can recharge over USB). Whether The Mod will ever get made is still up in the air at the moment: on the one hand, there’s a month left in the crowdfunding period, but on the other, they need still more than $40k. Here’s hoping they get it up after all, if only to see the crazy configurations the Mod gets put to.

Oh come on, I’m allowed one dick joke in a post about a vibrator, no matter how bad the joke is.

(via Gizmodo)

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